Beefy's Big Sri Lanka Walk 2013 Route
Check out Sir Ian Botham's 160 mile route around Sri Lanka - which he aims to cover in eight days.
Last Updated: 08/11/13 12:15pm
Below is the full itinerary - click here for our interactive map.
Day 1: Nov 1st
Kilinochchi - Mankulam (19 miles)
Severely damaged in the civil war, Kilinochchi is slowly but surely rebuilding. The start of the first walk will be preceded by the opening of a new cricket pitch while on arrival at Mankulam, another a post-conflict warzone, Beefy will visit the Foundation of Goodness North project that he established and launched on his 2011 visit.
Day 2: Nov 2nd
Anuradhapura - Mihntale (11 miles)
Regarded by some as the birthplace of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Mihntale is home to a number of religious sites including the vast Kantaka Cetiya stupa. It lies to the east of Anuradhapura, the capital city of North Central Province, whose historic sites were recognised when it was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site - one of eight in Sri Lanka.
Day 3: Nov 3rd
Sigiriya Rock - Dambulla (13 miles)
The iconic Sigiriya, or Lion, Rock is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and at close to 200m high is one of Sri Lanka's most imposing sights. It has stiff competition from the Golden Temple of Dambullah, located a short distance from the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium which hosted its first ODI in March 2001, when Sri Lanka beat England by five wickets as Muttiah Muralitharan took 4-29.
Day 4: Nov 4th
Kandy - Pinnawala (25 miles)
Home to the Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy last hosted a Test against England in 2007 when the tourists lost by 88 runs despite earning a 93-run first innings lead - Kumar Sangakkara weighing in with a princely 152 against Michael Vaughan's men. On arrival in Pinnawala, Beefy's walking party will visit the local Elephant Orphanage, located on the banks of the Maha Oya River.
Day 05: Nov 5th
Colombo (Circular Route)
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh and former South African rugby union captain Morne du Plessis will join the walk on this leg which takes in some of the city's best sites. England were dismantled in their last ODI game at the R Premadasa Stadium, when Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga both struck unbeaten centuries to guide Sri Lanka to a 10-wicket triumph in the 2011 World Cup quarter-final.
Day 06: Nov 6th
Hambantota (Circular Route)
The scene of tragedy and immense devastation during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hambantota has - and continues to undergo - vast redevelopment, with eight ODIs now completed at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium since 2011. Former Australian skipper Allan Border, who played 156 Tests for his country, will join Waugh and du Plessis on this stage.
Day 07: Nov 7th
Matara - Galle (26 miles)
This seaside route takes in more of the southern coastline badly exposed to the 2004 Tsunami, heading north West towards the city of Galle, where England have played four Tests at the International Stadium, winning one, losing one and drawing two. Their most recent visit, in 2012, ended in a 75-run defeat after Mahela Jayawardene's 180 and six first-innings wickets for Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka in control.
Day 08: Nov 8th
Galle - Seenigama (14 miles)
Fittingly, the final leg of the walk finishes up in Seenigama, an area Beefy visited shortly after the 2004 Tsunami to help the charity Foundation of Goodness reconstruct the area and rebuild people's lives. The success of the project in helping the community get back on its' feet is something Beefy is aiming to replicate in the north of Sri Lanka, thereby bringing the Big Sri Lanka Walk back to its very beginnings.
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